Jane Mead received her BA in Economics from Vassar College and earned an MA and an MFA from Syracuse University and the University of Iowa, respectively. She is the author of three previous collections of poetry, most recently The Usable Field, also from Alice James Books. Her poems have been published widely in anthologies and journals and she is the recipient of grants and awards from the Whiting, Guggenheim and Lannan Foundations. For many years Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest University, she now manages the ranch her grandfather purchased in the early 1900’s in Napa Valley, where she grows zinfandel and cabernet wine-grapes. She teaches in the Drew University low-residency MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation.
"So much of sobriety is just sitting around and waiting until you are allowed to go to sleep, and start over again, especially early on. But everything in this book is 100% emotionally true to my experience."
Read the interview with Kaveh Akbar about his chapbook, PORTRAIT OF AN ALCOHOLIC, where he speaks about experiences with addiction, how poetry has helped him, and the influence his words have had on others.
Look for his forthcoming full length title, CALLING A WOLF A WOLF, this September. ...